I really admire my client, Kathy. Not only has she been successful at her weight loss goals (something I really struggle with), but she didn’t wait until she was the “perfect size” to celebrate her beauty and enjoy being a woman. As she began her weight loss journey, she decided to do a sort of “before” photo shoot. The photos would be a gift to her loving husband, but she also did them for herself, to document her looks at that time in her life and, of course, to have a fun day of pampering and to feel beautiful, no matter her size.
A year after her first shoot, Kathy came in for a second shoot to celebrate her 48 pound weight loss success and to document the next stage of her journey. Since she’s still working her way toward the finish line, she plans to come again a year after her second shoot, and I can’t wait to see how far she’s come. But for now, I’m excited to share with you the photos from her first two sessions with me.
Kathy’s first shoot – 2013
“I happened upon Rayleigh’s website and was HOOKED. Rayleigh’s website was awesome from introduction to conclusion. By the time I read through all the information and viewed the pictures I was convinced I wanted to have photos done by her. And on top of all that it was clear she catered to women of ALL sizes and was going to make sure I (as a BBW -Big Beautiful Woman) was as comfortable as possible. She did not disappoint!
I arrived at Rayleigh’s house and immediately felt comfortable. She’s a personable and lovely young woman and had a perfect set up for boudoir photography. Never once was I uncomfortable or uneasy. I brought my own clothes but she had some nice pieces in her own collection that I was welcome to use.”
“The most fabulous make up artist came in to do my make up. All I can say is that after she was done and I looked in the mirror I immediately thought “Holy Sh*t!!!” (I think I blurted that out too! LOL) The make up was incredibly beautiful and I almost started to cry happy tears. I had never felt so glamorous, EVER!
The photo shoot proceeded on schedule and in every pose I was asked to do I felt completely at ease. Rayleigh was a great coach in teaching me how to look at the camera lens to convey a sincere and ‘sexy’ look.”
Kathy’s celebration shoot – 2014
After Kathy’s second shoot, I asked her a few questions.Describe your body in 5 words
Describe your body in 5 words
Soft Big Beautiful Fair Worthy
Sensitive, Self-conscious at times, confident in health
Do you think your age (53) affects how sexy you truly are?
At times, yes. But it’s important to get the negative thoughts out, and bring in the positive ones. Confidence is sexier than anything else.
What gets better with age?
You really start to believe in your own worth/value.
Did this experience change the way you see yourself or the way you think of beauty?
Yes, I could see in my smile a look of confidence.
What does “beauty” mean to you?
Having self confidence is a great feeling. And when you feel good, you glow/radiate a kind of beauty that isn’t just physical.
What does “sexy” mean to you?
Desirable, Admirable, Confident
What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?
There wasn’t just one. I loved the prep session with the makeup and hair stylist and the chance to chat with her and Rayleigh. And having a glass of wine while prepping was awesome, too!
How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
I love them!
Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Do it! It’s one of the most fun experiences you could do for yourself. When you see how beautiful they turn out your ego and attitude will get a boost! Drink plenty of water in the days preceding your shoot and make sure you get a good night’s rest the night before.
Anything else you want to share about your experience?
I loved the payment types Rayleigh offered.
Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon